Five lives lost during first weekend of Operation Safe Arrival

NSW Police are reminding road users to slow down and take a break after five people died on NSW roads in separate crashes during the first weekend of Operation Safe Arrival.

NSW Police said all five fatal crashes at the weekend involved a single vehicle leaving the roadway and crashing into an object, or rolling.

Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy, Commander of the Traffic & Highway Patrol Command, said these crashes needed to serve as a reminder to everyone about the dangers of speeding and tiredness on our roads.

“Sadly, since the start of Operation Safe Arrival, we have already seen five people leave the roadway in their cars, before crashing and losing their lives.

“These crashes must serve as a reminder to everyone else on our roads, that it only takes a split second to make a mistake, but that mistake could be the last thing you ever do.

“Many people are heading off for their holidays on what could be their longest drive for the year, on roads that are unfamiliar to them. Don’t let these trips end in a tragedy.

“Every time you get in the car, think about the people you would leave behind if you make a mistake.

“Slow down, take a break, and put your phone away so you can make it home to see your family,” Assistant Commissioner Corboy said.

Operation Safe Arrival, the State’s Christmas and New Year road safety campaign, started at last Friday midnight on Monday, January 1, 2018.

There are more police on roads targeting drivers for dangerous behaviours that have lead to loss of life on our roads, including; speeding, drink and drug-driving, mobile phone use, and not wearing seatbelts.

Key statistics (cumulative total):

Total infringements issued: 10,128

Speed infringements: 4469

Breath tests: 114,649

Drink-driving charges: 192

Major crashes: 281

Lives lost: 5